Here’s where first-time homebuyers should look for real estate: report

First-time homebuyers should probably consider looking for their new place in Michigan, according to a recent report.

On Tuesday, personal finance technology company SmartAsset ranked the best U.S. cities for people who are buying their first homes.

Grand Rapids, Michigan, made it to the top of the list.

MANHATTAN APARTMENT SALES DROP BY 46% IN THIRD QUARTER, LEAVING 10,000 UNITS UNSOLD

For its ranking, SmartAsset analyzed 185 of the largest cities in the U.S. using data from the Census Bureau and the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

The company compared the cities based on 12 measurements within four categories including home market favorability, affordability, livability and employment.

CONDOS COULD MAKE A COMEBACK IN HOUSING MARKET IF SINGLE-FAMILY HOME PRICES KEEP RISING

Grand Rapids ranked in first place because of how well

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What Homebuyers Need to Know

You’re finally ready to purchase a home and after doing some research online, you think that exploring your options around how to buy a HUD Home might be a good fit for your lifestyle and finances. But when you open up the HUD website, you realize this experience is very different from browsing for homes on a popular real estate portal. How does bidding work? Can you walk through the homes before you buy them? The opportunity to own your home and purchase it at a fair rate with flexible financing options sounds amazing, but you’re frankly feeling more than a bit lost. Where do you even start?

HUD properties have a lot to offer for the right buyers, but the process takes some specialized know-how to navigate. Here’s how to determine if these properties are a fit for your homeownership goals.

Houses that are purchased as hud homes.
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What is a HUD

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New California law prioritizes people over corporate home-buyers

By DON THOMPSON | The Associated Press

SACRAMENTO — Tenants, affordable housing groups and local governments will get first crack at buying foreclosed homes under a measure approved Monday by Gov. Gavin Newsom.

The bill is designed to keep corporations from snapping up homes and letting some fall into disrepair as they did during the Great Recession. The issue drew national attention a year ago when several homeless mothers calling themselves Moms 4 Housing moved into a vacant, corporate-owned house in West Oakland.

It was among 15 bills Newsom signed into law as renters and home-buyers again struggle during mass layoffs prompted by the pandemic. The governor said the measures “will directly lead to more affordable opportunities for renters and homeowners.”

The law bars sellers of foreclosed homes from bundling them at auction for sale to a single buyer. In addition, it will allow tenants, families, local governments, affordable housing

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California law prioritizes people over corporate home-buyers

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Tenants, affordable housing groups and local governments will get first crack at buying foreclosed homes under a measure approved Monday by Gov. Gavin Newsom.



FILE - In this Jan. 7, 2020, file photo, men hold up signs at a rally outside of City Hall in Oakland, Calif., in support of more housing. Tenants, affordable housing groups and local governments will soon get first crack at buying foreclosed homes in California. A bill approved Monday, Sept. 28, 2020, by Gov. Gavin Newsom is designed to keep corporations from snapping up homes and letting some fall into disrepair as they did during the Great Recession. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu, File)


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FILE – In this Jan. 7, 2020, file photo, men hold up signs at a rally outside of City Hall in Oakland, Calif., in support of more housing. Tenants, affordable housing groups and local governments will soon get first crack at buying foreclosed homes in California. A bill approved Monday, Sept. 28, 2020, by Gov. Gavin Newsom is designed to keep corporations from snapping up homes and letting some fall into disrepair as they did during the Great Recession. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu, File)

The bill is designed to keep corporations from snapping up homes and letting some fall into disrepair as they did during the Great Recession. The issue drew national attention a year ago when several

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California Law Prioritizes People Over Corporate Home-Buyers | California News

By DON THOMPSON, Associated Press

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Tenants, affordable housing groups and local governments will get first crack at buying foreclosed homes under a measure approved Monday by Gov. Gavin Newsom.

The bill is designed to keep corporations from snapping up homes and letting some fall into disrepair as they did during the Great Recession. The issue drew national attention a year ago when several homeless mothers calling themselves Moms 4 Housing moved into a vacant, corporate-owned house in West Oakland.

It was among 15 bills Newsom signed into law as renters and home-buyers again struggle during mass layoffs prompted by the pandemic. The governor said the measures “will directly lead to more affordable opportunities for renters and homeowners.”

The law bars sellers of foreclosed homes from bundling them at auction for sale to a single buyer. In addition, it will allow tenants, families, local governments, affordable housing

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Sold! Twin Cities homebuyers spur run on Duluth homes



a person sitting in a living room with a fireplace: Susan Dusek, a real estate agent for Edina Realty, posed for a portrait in the living room of a Tudor house for sale in the heart of the Congdon Park neighborhood in Duluth. More buyers than ever are relocating from the Twin Cities and other metro areas to Duluth as work-from-home options become permanent and the appeal of the outdoors lures younger buyers.


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Susan Dusek, a real estate agent for Edina Realty, posed for a portrait in the living room of a Tudor house for sale in the heart of the Congdon Park neighborhood in Duluth. More buyers than ever are relocating from the Twin Cities and other metro areas to Duluth as work-from-home options become permanent and the appeal of the outdoors lures younger buyers.

DULUTH – It was a busy Saturday for Mike and Chelsea Brandon, who had driven up from Eagan to find their next home.

After a blitz of seven viewings, the couple put in an offer on a charmer that checked all their boxes: two-car garage, a deck, and room for their two-year-old, Lochlann, to play.

“We just live outside, and that’s how we want to raise our son,” Chelsea said.

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Sold! Twin Cities homebuyers spurring a run on homes in Duluth

DULUTH – It was a busy Saturday for Mike and Chelsea Brandon, who had driven up from Eagan to find their next home.

After a blitz of seven viewings, the couple put in an offer on a charmer that checked all their boxes: two-car garage, a deck, and room for their 2-year-old, Lochlann, to play.

“We just live outside, and that’s how we want to raise our son,” Chelsea said.

“We like camping, the outdoors, the geography of the North Shore here,” Mike added. “Just getting out of the Cities.”

They’ll be back again this weekend — not to move in, but to keep looking.

“We competed with three other offers, and the winning offer went in with no inspection,” said their agent, Susan Dusek with Edina Realty. “And their house sold this weekend, so they will come up very ready to buy.”

More buyers from the Twin Cities and

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Woodside Homes’ Homebuyers Experience True Personalization With Momentum Design(TM)

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ATLANTA, Ga., Sep 23, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE via COMTEX) —
Select Interior Concepts, Inc. (“SIC” or the “Company”) (NASDAQ: SIC), a premier installer and nationwide distributor of interior building products, today announced that its Residential Design Services (RDS) subsidiary continues to further launch its Momentum Design(TM) virtual design studio platform with home builders. For the most recent launch, RDS has partnered with Woodside Homes for their new Villas at Cypress Ridge community development in Phoenix, AZ.

“Many builders are getting away from personalization capabilities, but Woodside Homes understands how important choice is for our homebuyers. We chose RDS and their Momentum Design(TM) platform because it allowed our buyers to virtually see what their selections will look like in their new home and not just rely on small samples.

“Our homebuyers can preview a variety of selections and

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